Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer 2018 with a ton of exciting events on Long Island. The holiday weekend isn’t complete without the parades. Here are some of the best Memorial Day parades to check out this month.HempsteadEveryone is invited to attend the Village of Hempstead’s 133rd Annual Memorial Day Parade. There will be banners, floats and more. Legion Square, 160 Marvin Ave., Hempstead. 2:30 p.m. May 27.Plainview-Old BethpageParade lasts about one hour and ends at Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park on Washington Ave. Ceremony honoring local veterans to follow. 700 Old Country Rd., Plainview. 8:30 a.m. May 28.Bay ShoreBring the whole family! Lanier Lane and Main Street. 10 a.m. May 28.East MeadowBegins at East Meadow High School and ends at Veterans Memorial Park. 10 a.m. May 28.FarmingdaleMain Street and Village Green. 10 a.m. May 28.Garden CityStarts at Cherry Valley Avenue and 10th Street and ends in front of the village’s war monuments in front of the Garden City Public Library. 10 a.m. May 28.Long BeachBegins at Ohio Avenue and West Beech Street at and ends at the reviewing stand on Park Avenue in front of City Hall. 10 a.m. May 28.MalverneThe parade will begin on Church Street. Marchers will parade through the Westwood Section. The Memorial Day Ceremony will be held immediately following the parade at the Gazebo in Reese Memorial Park. 10 a.m. May 28.Massapequa ParkBegins on Broadway and Commonwealth Avenue in Massapequa; moves south on Broadway, east on Clark Boulevard to Park Boulevard to Front Street and travel west to Brady Park. 10 a.m. May 28.NorthportLocated at Village Park. 10 a.m. May 28.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The credit union is one of Tesla’s preferred financial partnersby: Karen BankstonTesla Motors offers high-end all-electric sports cars that are hot commodities in California, where they are manufactured. And if you ask about financing your Tesla, you may be referred to Technology Credit Union, which is among the carmaker’s preferred financing partners and one of the first credit unions in the country to offer loans for these cars.“Tesla is a top-tier Silicon Valley brand, known for their technologically advanced vehicles. This makes for excellent brand association for Tech CU, and it’s consistent with our focus on serving the technology ecosystem,” says Debra Bowman, SVP/retail banking for the $1.8 billion San Jose, Calif., credit union with more than 70,000 members.Tech CU offers up to 100 percent financing for three Tesla models, which an Internet search shows have manufacturer’s suggested retail prices up to $100,000. The CU has developed a streamlined process for funding the loans, with a dedicated phone number for Tesla buyers.Not only are the electric vehicles popular with existing members, but Tech CU sees the financing partnership as a path to recruiting new members in its home market. Bowman cites from a recent Automotive News article that sales of the Model S in the San Francisco Bay Area outpaced nationwide sales of Cadillac’s all-electric ELR in the first six months of 2014. continue reading »
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki says the recent pass-and-catch video he posted that went viral was inspired by boredom during the coronavirus lockdown. May 28, 2020 No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules. But at a bone-jarring collision between burly rugby players was broadcast across Australia to signal the return of contact teams sports in the country.Players and all staff and officials had to undergo heat checks before entering the stadium and strict health protocols were put in place on the field.___The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race to be canceled this season.Organizers of the first Dutch GP in 35 years preferred to wait until next year in hope fans will be able to attend, rather than hold the race without them this time. Athletes will not be required to wear masks but the guidelines encourage them to be worn on the sidelines. The order does not address college sports events.___Major League Soccer teams can begin voluntary outdoor small group training sessions.Holding the small group sessions must not conflict with local public health or government restrictions, but is the next step in the league’s hopes of returning to action. A maximum of six players may be assigned to a single group. Serbia’s top soccer league has decided that no teams will be relegated this season as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. However, four teams will still be promoted from the second tier, making for an expanded 20-team league next season. The league says the Serbian soccer federation accepted its proposal to adapt to the shutdown forced by the pandemic.Games are set to resume Friday to complete the final four rounds of the regular season and decide a champion and qualifying places for UEFA competitions. Red Star Belgrade has an 11-point lead ahead of Partizan.However, the league’s normal eight-team groups that were to decide the postseason championship and relegation spots have been scrapped. ___The Premier League’s official broadcasters say the competition will restart on June 17.The BBC and Sky Sports say there will be a doubleheader on that day with Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United.Playing those make-up games on a Wednesday will ensure the 30th round can be contested the following weekend.The last match was played on March 9 before the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Dolphins TE Gesicki goes viral with catch video Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus.Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday.Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms.Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name them.The positive cases at the second-division clubs came after tests on 1,030 players and staff from Monday to Wednesday. The Maryland Jockey Club says it has received approval from the Maryland Racing Commission to launch its Summer 2020 meet with live racing on Saturday, but fans are forbidden from entering the track until clearance is received from the state.All races on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be streamed live on the Laurel Park website.___Italy’s top soccer league will resume on June 20.Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora gave Serie A the green light to resume after a meeting with Italian soccer authorities on Thursday. Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but their numbers will be strictly limited.Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has revised a decision to let pro sports leagues host events without fans starting in June as part of the states’ move to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.Abbott’s new order allows outdoor stadiums to host fans up to 25 percent of their normal capacity. Leagues will have to apply to state health officials to be allowed to have fans. Indoor events will still be without spectators.The PGA Tour plans to restart its season at Colonial in Texas on June 11-14 but has said it would not include fans.The state has set up several guidelines for leagues to follow, including a recommendation that spectators and employees keep at least 6 feet apart from anyone not from their household. If that is not feasible, other measures such as face coverings and sanitation protocols should be followed. Associated Press Jenkins starred for the Eagles for the last six seasons and the safety won an NFL championship in 2017. He also has been a leader of several off-field initiatives, and his foundation has a mission to promote positive change in the lives of underserved youth in New Jersey, where he grew up; Ohio, where he went to college at Ohio State; Pennsylvania and Louisiana, homes of his pro teams.“Malcolm was selected not for his greatness on the field and his two Super Bowl rings, but because of his compassion and advocacy around social justice,” said Donna Frisby-Greenwood, CEO of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia and co-chair of the commencement planning committee. “Malcolm’s foundation focuses on youth leadership development and skill building, and we think that that makes him a perfect speaker for us.”The hour-long graduation will be streamed on several platforms, including the school district’s website. Frisby-Greenwood said that several companies and organizations are involved with planning and serving as sponsors. The Philadelphia Orchestra has recorded “Pomp and Circumstance” for the ceremony. And the city’s Free Library will host the live stream of the event on its platform.Individual high schools will be distributing caps and gowns to the students to wear during the festivities.___ The season has been suspended since March 8. It will resume with the British Masters in northern England from July 22-25 before five further events in the “UK Swing” across England and Wales.Four Rolex Series events have been rescheduled for October to December. They are the Scottish Open, the BMW PGA Championship, the Nedbank Golf Challenge and then the season-ending World Tour Championship from Dec. 10-13.The tour says details of other tournaments from September to November will be announced later.European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says the Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin pending more discussions with the PGA Tour.___ The video shows Gesicki lobbing a football over a multi-story beach house, running through the garage and making the catch on the other side on the run as he heads into the street.“I was honestly just super bored, and I was at my girlfriend’s beach house, pretty close to where I live, and we were just kind of hanging out,” Gesicki says . “We saw something similar to that on the internet and we were like, ‘Hey, I might try that,’ and ended up taking a couple tries. It was fun.”Gesicki had a breakout 2019 in his second NFL season. He capped it by making the winning touchdown catch in the finale at New England.___Live horse racing is slated to resume in Maryland this weekend with a three-day session at Laurel Park, which will remain closed to the general public. Teams must submit club-specific plans for the small group sessions to the league. The league said teams may split full fields into two equal halves and teams may define up to six zones per half field, spaced at least 10 feet apart. Only one player may be in each zone at any time to maintain physical distancing. Players may switch zones but two players cannot occupy the same zone.Players may pass and shoot on goal, but all training exercises must allow for 10 feet of distance.The league said all other health and safety measures required when teams began individual training must still be maintained.___Darlington Raceway is switching gears for its next event. Two weeks after hosting NASCAR’s return to racing, the track will hold graduation ceremonies for the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics. There will be 120 graduating seniors at Saturday’s event from the school in Hartsville, a few miles from NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway.Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp said the track was honored to help the high school seniors be recognized in a proper way.Traditional high school graduation ceremonies have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony will take place at a parking lot on track property. Afterward, the graduates and their parents will have the chance to drive their vehicles for a lap around the 1.366-mile track and get their pictures taken on the start-finish line.___Malcolm Jenkins, who this offseason left the Eagles to sign with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent, will be the keynote speaker at Philadelphia’s virtual graduation on June 9. Squads were only allowed to restart practice sessions in small groups last week but contact and tackling is now allowed between players.___The head of English cricket says “unorthodox” measures could be explored to ensure at least part of the domestic season is played this year.The England and Wales Cricket Board says there will be no professional domestic cricket before Aug. 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body says its ambition remains to stage domestic competitions some time over the upcoming summer and that talks will continue with the government and health experts. The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed.Race director Jan Lammers says “we would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands.”The other races canceled were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.Another six remain postponed.F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15-18 races this season, starting with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP in July. The three players will have to self-isolate for seven days before returning to training ahead of a potential resumption of the competition.___The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums.The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option amid the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another. Players and essential personnel on or near the field during matches must recently have tested negative for the coronavirus. The federation says clubs can decide on their own whether they want to play in front or fans again.Tickets for next Wednesday’s Hungarian Cup final between Budapest Honved and Mezokovesd-Zsory at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest will soon be sold online.___Elite sports made a comeback in Australia for the first time since March 22 with the Brisbane Broncos hosting Parramatta in the National Rugby League.Two rounds of matches were played in the NRL in March before Australia and New Zealand went into lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. A medical protocol for matches was approved by a technical scientific committee earlier.Spadafora says Serie A will restart on June 20 but the Italian Cup semifinals and the final could be played on June 13 and 17.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.There are 12 rounds remaining in Serie A, plus four matches that were postponed from the 25th round.___ The ECB has outlined a slew of proposals for play in both red ball and limited-overs cricket. They include opening up all grounds or using regional grouping for matches. Matches could yet be played before a limited number of supporters.England is looking to play international cricket from July.___The European Tour plans to resume its season in July starting with a six-week stretch of golf tournaments in Britain and running through to the World Tour Championship in Dubai in December.The tour says its events initially will be held without spectators and will be subject to strict testing protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
The USC women’s soccer team is firmly focused on its Pac-12 opener this Friday, when the team will travel to take on the University of Arizona. The No. 21 Women of Troy (6-1-2) are coming off of a tough loss to then-No. 12 Pepperdine last Sunday. Though opening the conference season on the road will be a tough task, head coach Keidane McAlpine sees the trip as a great opportunity for the team.She’s the man · Junior striker Megan Borman has been a consistent offensive threat for USC this season. Borman has 12 shots on goal so far. – Brian Ji | Daily Trojan“This game comes at a very good time for us,” McAlpine said. “Sometimes it’s good to get out on the road and bond as a team. It allows us to lock things down away from some of the pressure and distractions of playing at home.”The Women of Troy know they will have their work cut out for them to tame the Wildcats on the road. Arizona enters Friday’s matchup with a 6-1-1 record after an excellent nonconference slate. The squad’s only hiccups came in a 2-1 loss to a stout Florida Gulf Coast team on Aug. 24 and a 2-2 tie against then-undefeated Texas A&M on Sept. 5.“Arizona is a very legitimate team,” McAlpine said. “They have some great new freshmen who are playing really, really well. They are very aggressive, straightforward and in your face, so it will be a tough game.”Among those Arizona freshmen are forward Charlotte Brascia, who is third on the team in both shots on goal (seven) and total shots (14), and standout midfielder Gabi Stoian, who leads the team in shots on goal (16), goals (seven), and assists (four). Though standing just 5-foot-5, Stoian plays much bigger than her frame and will make an impact if USC does not keep her marked throughout the game.The Women of Troy, on the other hand, will look to lean on their more experienced players for strong play. Senior midfielder Alex Quincey leads the team with 12 points on six goals, and junior midfielder Jamie Fink has 11 points on five goals and an assist. Junior forwards Megan Borman and Katie Johnson are also good bets to find the back of the net, as they are tied for the team lead with 12 shots on goal apiece. Scoring chances might come off well-placed crosses from junior midfielder Reilly Parker, who has a habit of getting behind the defense with quick runs up the sideline.Redshirt sophomore defender Dominique Randle will help anchor the Women of Troy’s defensive line in front of senior captain and goalie Caroline Stanley. Sophomores Mandy Freeman and Kayla Mills and junior Erin Owen will also contribute on defense. When asked about the trip to Arizona, Randle expressed confidence in the team’s preparation.“We’re ready for conference play,” Randle said. “We are trying to build off what we did in the non conference season by going over everything we’ve learned and making sure we are fine tuning things we’ve had issues with in order to better execute our game plan. We are also making sure to stay hydrated because we know it will be hot.”Randle also expressed that her team has moved on from a tough loss to Pepperdine.“The loss definitely hurt,” Randle said. “However, we’ve learned that we can overcome adversity when the occasion arises, as long as we are able to put our chances away.”McAlpine agreed with Randle’s statements, expressing confidence that if the Women of Troy are able to execute a little better, they are poised to conquer the Wildcats.“We are hoping to carry over some things from the last two games, particularly in the second half,” McAlpine said. “We were very good about putting pressure on our opponents in the second half the past few games. We are looking to start with that same intensity, particularly in our defending, but then be able to settle down a bit and not have to play from behind.”The match will kick off Friday at 2 p.m. PST and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. The Women of Troy will then take a much-needed break, returning to action on Oct. 3.
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Cincinnati’s Titus Rubles celebrates with the team mascot after an NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburgh in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Rubles sank the final shot to put the Bearcats ahead 44-43. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) – It was impossible not to think of the Big East when Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, two former members of the conference, met in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.The teams didn’t have to stage an old-fashioned defensive battle with plenty of missed shots and key rebounds.But they did.Titus Rubles’ rebound basket with 4.2 seconds to play gave Cincinnati a 44-43 victory over previously unbeaten Pittsburgh.It was appropriate the winning points came on a missed shot in a game where neither team shot 38 percent from the field.“I thought it was beautiful,” Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said when somebody brought up the word ugly to describe the game.“I don’t know what game you were watching,” said Justin Jackson, who led the Bearcats with 12 points.The Bearcats (8-2) had lost two straight, the last of which was a 64-47 loss to crosstown rival Xavier on Saturday night.“You’ve got to be able to win these kind of games,” Cronin said. “Our guys were so upset at what happened Saturday night we had guys who couldn’t eat. I was a psychiatrist more than a coach the last few days.”Most of Jackson’s points came on his seven offensive rebounds. He had nine rebounds total and the Bearcats finished with a 35-27 advantage on the boards, 16-8 on the offensive end.“We came trying to outrebound them and got outrebounded,” Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. “We didn’t play well the whole game but we fought back to get the lead and then didn’t do things right when we got there. We knew we had some work to do but I thought our offense was better than that. We didn’t handle their physicality at all.”Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati’s leading scorer at 19.3 points per game, finished with nine on 4-of-13 shooting including going 1 of 8 from 3-point range.Talib Zanna had 12 points for the Panthers (10-1), one of 14 Division I teams to start the day without a loss, while Lamar Patterson added 11.Pittsburgh did not have a field goal for a 13:43 stretch in the second half, a drought that ended with a drive by Cameron Wright with 1:07 left that gave the Panthers a 43-42 lead. Patterson missed two free throws with 21 seconds left. Cincinnati worked the clock down and Kilpatrick missed a drive but Rubles got the rebound and scored. He had six points and two rebounds.Wright took a running jumper from just inside midcourt as the buzzer sounded.“I feel like I lost the game for us,” Patterson said.Wright jumped to his defense.“You don’t lose a game on one possession or two missed free throws,” Wright said, “We just didn’t go out there and do what we were supposed to do.”The Bearcats shot 37.7 percent from the field (20 of 53) and were 3 of 13 on 3s (23.1 percent). They entered the game scoring 73.4 points per game on 43.4 shooting overall and 35.2 percent from 3-point range.The Panthers came in averaging 82.6 points on 49.5 shooting overall and 34.6 percent on 3s. They were 11 of 35 from the field (31.4 percent) and they were 2 of 13 from 3-point range (15.4 percent).The 11 field goals were the fewest in a game for the Panthers in coach Jamie Dixon’s 11 seasons and the second-fewest in school history.These schools were in the Big East together for eight years – 2005-13 – and Pittsburgh had an 8-3 record in those meetings. The Bearcats, who are in the American Athletic Conference, now have a 10-9 lead in the overall series. Pittsburgh, which is now in the Atlantic Coast Conference, joined the Big East in 1982.Kilpatrick, a native of nearby Yonkers, and fellow senior Jackson were sentimental about the game.“Me and Justin were talking in our room that this was going to be our last time in the Garden,” Kilpatrick said. “It is just an amazing feeling to win in the Garden.”
Facebook16Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Lacey Parks and RecreationIn case you haven’t noticed, we are in the midst of election time! Well, here’s something you can vote on that is truly fun and exciting to vote for, something that will put a smile on your face AND a smile on your neighbor’s face. We need your vote right now to help Lacey receive a $25,000 grant to bring more concerts and music to the community next summer.Lacey Parks & Recreation has been bringing music and entertainment to Huntamer Park each summer since 1995 and now they need your help to bring even more music in 2017! The City of Lacey, along with the PARC Foundation and the OLTVCB have applied for the national Levitt Amp [Your City] grant which would bring $25,000 to the city to spend on more great bands, a greater variety of styles and genres, bringing regional and national bands to Lacey for a 10 week summer series of entertainment. But, we cannot do it without your help.The summer-long Lacey in Tune Children’s Entertainment series is part of the current offerings each summer by Lacey Parks and Rec.Cast your vote for Lacey at www.levittamp.org between now and November 21 so we can amp up the music in 2017!The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards is an exciting matching grant program made possible by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national private foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through the power of free, live music. With Levitt AMP, the joy of free, live music is bringing communities together in small and mid-sized towns and cities across the country.“The vision is to create a new 10 week series of concerts on Thursday evenings at Huntamer Park to allow the most access for the community to participate. The plan also includes craft and food vendors to be on site creating an exciting place for friends and families to gather to enjoy the summer evenings,” says Jeannette Sieler, Recreation Supervisor with the city of Lacey. “Our goal is to create a dynamic place that engages the entire community through music, art, and shared experience. Presenting free concerts in an outdoor location that is ADA compliant and accessible via walking, bike, bus, and car this ensures that everyone can attend. Producing more concerts that reflect the diversity of Lacey will entice local residents to try new experiences and connect with more of their neighbors. By offering the gift of music, the universal language, we can bring our entire community to Huntamer Park.”Family friendly entertainment is followed by an outdoor movie during the Lacey In Tune events at Huntamer Park.Currently Lacey in Tune includes seven weeks of Wednesday noon concerts, Tuesday evening Children’s Entertainment and 4 weeks of Saturday Music and Movies in the park. If the grant is received, this schedule will be slightly altered, still offering the noon and Tuesday programs but for three or four weeks, so we can focus on a Thursday evening series that will be more accessible to more people than the Wednesday noon time.“Our Wednesday noon times are popular with the staff of businesses around Huntamer Park as well as seniors and those that come by van with assisted living facilities. We don’t want to eliminate these all together but would like to offer the bulk of the concerts at a time where more of the community can attend and enjoy.” shares Sieler. “We are excited about the possibility of expanding our summer entertainment series in a way that will energize our community in a positive and fun way, but we can’t get the grant without the votes for our proposal, as we are competing with cities and towns all over America. Folks in surrounding cities will also benefit if the grant is awarded to Lacey as our central location along I-5 makes us accessible to so many.”Cast your vote to AMP UP the music in Lacey next summer! Click here to view a video sharing all about the vision for this new phase in community entertainment.
“I know he’s coming home and he’s here and he’s safe. I can hold him,” said Debbie Foley, Howell, whose smile said it all, as she anxiously awaited the return of her son, Lance Corporal Russell Peter Surdi Jr.Foley, who waited with many family members, said Surdi had been wounded while serving in Afghanistan and had been awarded the Purple Heart. He turned 23 while on deployment. But “He’s OK,” she quickly added.Latisha Robinson, who lives in Mullica Hills, in South Jersey, said the welcome home gathering was “the complete opposite,” of the atmosphere when her husband, Sergeant Markee Robinson left for his deployment.“When he’s coming home, you’re happy because you don’t have to worry about the stress.”When her husband returned, from what was his second tour, Latisha said she would, “love him, tell him I missed him,” and tell him he’s “staying home this time.”The battalion and Leatherneck, where they were responsible for providing transportation for personnel and materiel, often through strife-ridden areas and some real hot spots laden with improvised explosive devises (IEDs), said Lt. Col. Peter Mahoney, the battalion’s inspector instructor.When the bus arrived, with a police escort, and the Marines stepped off, the cheers were deafening.“It was a tough time. I was like, ‘Oh, my God, what’s going to happen?’” said Rahway resident Luciana Pires, as she waited for her son, Corporal Valter Pires.Valter said he was equally happy to be home and had immediate plans. “I’m going to eat some Portuguese food and ride my motor- cycle around the block,” he said.When Andrea Kunak finally saw her son, Sergeant John T. Sharkey, she said, “I don’t have the words to express myself.”Sharkey’s grandmother, Martha Szaro said, “I’m so happy he’s home,” as it was his third tour.Szaro’s granddaughter and the granddaughter’s husband have also served in com- bat, with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. “We got a lot of them,” serving, she said of her family. “I’m proud. I’m proud of them all.”When Surdi was finished hugging and kissing and being hugged and kissed he said, “It feels amazing, it really does.”His next mission was, “go have a beer,” he said.“I can sleep and not worry now,” with her son home safely, Foley said. But then she thought for a moment and added, “except for all the sons and daughters still over there.” Families and friends of returning Marines await their arrival at the Red Bank Reserve Center. Credit: John BurtonBy John BurtonRED BANK – The sense of anticipation was palpable, as families and other loved ones gathered at the Monmouth Armed Forces Reserve Center last Thursday to await the arrival of their loved ones.The mood at the Reserve Center was celebratory because these mothers and fathers, husbands, wives, children and well-wishers knew that these Marines were coming home safe.The crowd was awaiting approximately 38 U.S. Marines, who were on the last leg of their journey home from a seven-month deployment in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as members of the Corps’ 6th Motor Battalion, headquartered at the reserve center.It was a joyous reunion for the family and friends of approximately 38 Marines who returned to the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Red Bank last Thursday night from their service in Afghanistan. Credit: John Burton
Kyrillos and Beck are the latest to formally oppose the MCRP, joining a slew of other politicians. Among them are U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Assemblywoman Amy Handlin, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 10 Bayshore mayors and the five affected township committees.“I basically spend my days making sure that everybody who promised to help us is actually helping, and I’m still trying to get new people on board,” Vilardi said.She also plans to sit down with gubernatorial candidate and Middletown resident Phil Murphy in the coming weeks to gauge his interest level on the subject.“Now we have all of our ducks in a row,” Musa said. “The reality is JCP&L has now filed its petition, so it’s real, its live.” Since the end of May, when residents who live within 200 feet of the proposed corridor first received letters from JCP&L informing them of the project, a small group called Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE) began going door-to-door to educate neighbors of the project.Now, nearly four months later, RAGE has taken major steps in its effort to halt the MCRP.“We are incorporated, we are in the paper work phase of having applied for our 501(c)(4), which is a non-profit status for the IRS tax code,” said RAGE spokeswoman Judy Musa.A core of six members has helped RAGE grow since day one. They are: Rachael Kanapka, president; Steve Lunanuova, treasurer; Terri Vilardi, Middletown vice president; Rich Scotto-Lavino, Holmdel vice president; Frances Haies, Hazlet vice president and Jennifer Aquino, executive secretary. The group, which also has a strong social media presence across Facebook and Twitter, has nearly 4,400 followers combined who are tuned into daily announcements. By Jay CookTwo state senators have recently thrown their hats in the ring, opposing a utility project that would run through the heart of Monmouth County.Along with them, a local grassroots group, which has seen support grow steadily since inception, is doing everything it can to fight the project.Senators Joseph Kyrillos and Jennifer Beck (both R-Monmouth) have recently introduced three resolutions to the state Senate which would call for various entities across New Jersey to oppose the Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP), which is spearheaded by Jersey Central Power and Light company (JCP&L).“This project is no more welcome today than it was 25 or more years ago when JCP&L shelved it due to the blistering public opposition and other available options,” Kyrillos said in a statement.The duo called upon U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, New Jersey’s representation in the House of Representatives’ and Governor Chris Christie to act and oppose the project. Also mentioned were the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), along with NJ Transit, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Board of Public Utilities, where the MCRP petition was filed.The MCRP, as currently proposed, would be a 10-mile long, 230-KV transmission line that would span five towns through Monmouth County. The line would begin in Aberdeen, travel through Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown and end in Red Bank, all along the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line commuter line right-of-way. The project’s estimated cost now stands at $111 million. In August and September, the group hosted a night of enter tainment, with appearances from Brian Kirk, The Havens and Vinnie Brand, at Windansea in Highlands. Two other restaurants, Texas Roadhouse and The Red Oak Diner and Lounge, both held events where proceeds of sales went straight to the group’s bank account.Businesses such as Five Below promoted RAGE by giving 10 percent of sales from purchases at the Holmdel store to the group during a back-to-school sale from Sept. 6 through Sept. 13.“We’re doing things at different price points so that people of various incomes can support us,” Musa said.Attending local town functions is also paramount to RAGE’s awareness campaign. “I have to say, all the fundraisers that we’ve had so far have been very successful,” said Oak Hill resident Chrissy Maiorana. “We’ve had a lot of traffic, a lot of people come out, and they’re excited and happy to do it, so I would say we’ve had a pretty good response to all of our fundraisers.”Among the public events the group attended were the Friends of Clear water Festival, Aberdeen Day and Hazlet Day. RAGE will be represented at Middletown Day on Sept. 24 at Croydon Hall and the Holmdel Harvest Fest, which is planned for Oct. 1-2 at Bayonet Farms.The group’s style of gathering grassroots support has spread to essentially every politician with a constituency in the affected areas.“Senator Kyrillos has met with the RAGE group and they have an open line of communication with our office,” said Tony Perry, the director of legislative affairs for Kyrillos. Along with the uptick in supporters, online signatures come in daily via an online petition opposing the project. As of Sept. 20, 6,271 people have filled out the petition on Change.org.One of the benefits of using social media is spreading the word about local fundraisers.“RAGE is representing over 6,000 members; all the money that we make is going to the lawyer fees at this point,” said Vilardi, who also deals with fundraising and government relations. “We used it for marketing, we used it to educate the public, but now the focus of any incoming money that we raise has to go to our legal fees.”RAGE has partnered up with numerous local restaurants and companies to help raise funds.
By Jennifer Driscoll |With falling autumn leaves also comes the roar of leaf blowers. Despised by many with sensitive ears, leaf blowers have become regulated and even banned in various towns. But why do they make so much noise?Denis Mitchell, a diesel mechanics teacher at the Monmouth County Vocational School District, said a combination of factors is to blame for the noise leaf blowers produce. Most leaf blowers use 2-stroke engines which have to run at very high revolutions per minute (rpms) in order to reach combustion. This fast rotation makes the engines very loud. Because they are air-cooled, the engines have very thin walls, meaning they cannot easily absorb this sound.Leaf blowers work using a motor that powers a high speed fan. As the blades turn, the fan pulls in outside air from side vents and spins it, forcing it through the opening at the front of the blower. The force created by rotating the air causes it to come out of the tube at extremely high speeds. Depending on the type of blower, the air speed can range from 50–250 mph.Whether the leaf blower is powered using electricity or gasoline also affects the amount of noise produced. The wind speed of gasoline blowers is much higher, exceeding 150 mph, while the speed of electric blowers generally ranges from 50–100 mph. Because of this, gasoline powered blowers are much more powerful, but also produce much more noise.And finally, the high rates of speed of the motors also means a leaf blower’s exhaust system adds to the noise.Whether you find them indispensable or wish everyone just used a rake, it can be helpful to know the leaf blower regulations in your area. Here are the regulations for the Two River area towns:Atlantic HighlandsCurrently there are no regulations on leaf blower use.Colts NeckCurrently there are no regulations on leaf blower use.Fair Haven Leaf blowers can be used from 8 a.m. to sunset on weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to sunset on weekends.HighlandsLeaf blowers can be used from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekends and legal holidays. They must be used with a muffler if the manufacturer provides one.Holmdel Leaf blowers can be operated from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Landscapers are permitted to use them from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and federal holidays.Little SilverLeaf blowers can be operated from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. Landscapers can use them from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.Middletown Leaf blowers can be operated from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and federal holidays. Equipment with internal combustion engines must be used with a muffler.Monmouth BeachLeaf blowers can be operated from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., but must be used with a muffler.OceanportLeaf blowers can be used from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. Landscapers are permitted to use them from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.Red BankLeaf blowers can be operated from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, including Saturdays.RumsonCurrently there are no regulations on leaf blower use.Sea BrightLeaf blowers can be used from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.Shrewsbury Leaf blowers can be used from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays and holidays.This article was first published in the Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.